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Taqueria Garcia – Seaside

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Taqueria Garcia – Seaside

e.d. | Jul 24, 2005 12:22 PM

I wanted a quick meal before I went off to walk Point Lobos and decided that I had to visit my old favorite. After chopping up an heirloom tomato, dressing it with olive oil and balsamic, and putting it in a container (something about the lunch needed to be healthy), I drove to Taqueria Garcia and ordered the burrito de cabeza (beef cheeks), and within 5 minutes I had a huge burrito, wrapped in foil, in my hand. Along with a medium Jamaica (rather ordinary), the total including tax was less than $5 – I think the burrito itself was $3.79. I went to the beach at the end of Canyon del Rey and munched a wonderful lunch. The burrito had some rice and little bit of beans and a clump of chopped onions and cilantro. But there was far more meat in it than all the other ingredients combined. The cabeza was tender with a rich meaty flavor. The salsa that was also in my bag was fiery red and potent. The burrito was so good, I had to keep reminding myself to stop and eat some tomato once in a while. I would give the burrito an A+ except that items like the onions, cilantro, and beans seemed clumped into certain areas and not spread out over the whole burrito. I was an inch and a half into the burrito before I became aware that there was any thing else in it besides the cabeza. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining about too much meat, but the cabeza tasted best when there was a bit of a crunch of onion, a hint of cilantro, and a little bit of rice and beans (as well as a dribble of salsa) to go with it. So it earned only an A-. But every memorable torta or burrito I’ve had on the peninsula – at least memorable in a good way – has been from this hole in the wall. Most of the meat choices on the menu are available as tacos, burritos, or tortas. A friend tells me that the lengua en salsa verde dinner here is quite outstanding as well. Taqueria Garcia is on Broadway north of Fremont in Seaside. It is between the Domino’s pizza and the Latino Market, which is the market directly behind Mi Tierra Mkt. This is authentic, working class, meat centered Mexican food.

My lunch at Garcia’s does lead me to nag a bit at local Mty area hounds. Since I lived in Seaside (1995-97) there is a whole bunch of new Mexican places – including a Peruvian Mexican place (Machu Picchu), one featuring Mexican seafood (forget the name) and one that has Oaxacan chile rellenos on the menu (San Pablo) - as well as others that seem to be just ordinary Mexican places (but one never knows), yet I never read anything about any of them on the board. Outside of El Miguelino, which is best for seafood enchiladas and Salvadorean dishes, none of the Mexican choices in the area get much mention here. Can’t somebody in the Mty area check out all these Mexican eateries? Or have they been checked out and found wanting? To be a true hound, you have to kiss a lot of frogs (sorry for the mixed metaphor).

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